Ismat Khoja

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Increase in technology and its dependency in this era is leading to a modern musculoskeletal disorder known as ⁣“TEXT NECK”⁣

⁣ It’s a kind of repeated stress injury resulting in neck pain. The incidence is majorly seen in young population with the increase in mobile usage. ⁣ ⁣ Bending the neck down a forward to check the screen of the smartphone affects the spine. The picture can help you understand the force acting on the neck!⁣ ⁣ Common symptoms are:⁣ ⁣ 🔸 Neck pain with or without radiation in the arm⁣ 🔸 Neck stiffness⁣ 🔸Muscle weakness of the trapezius, rhomboids and external rotators of the shoulder. ⁣ 🔸Cervicogenic headaches⁣ 🔸Thoracic Kyphosis Leading Breathing Problems.⁣ 🔸 Early degenerative changes⁣ ⁣ Prevention is always better than cure. ⁣ ⁣ As per a SR, here are some recommendation to prevent text neck:⁣ ⁣ ▪ Avoid excessive total usage.⁣ ▪ Avoid prolonged static postures.⁣ ▪ Use opportunities to vary whole body, head/neck and upper extremity postures during mobile use.⁣ ▪ Avoid awkward postures during prolonged or repetitive use.⁣ ▪ Position the mobile at a height to balance head/neck and upper extremity stress–holding the screen at around eye level encourages neutral head/neck posture but increases upper extremity loading; holding the screen at around waist/lap level increases head/neck bending but reduces upper extremity loading.⁣ ▪ For longer durations of use, support the mobile at a tilt angle (e.g. with the use of device accessories) to balance neck and upper extremity stress⁣ ▪ Avoid high repetition of movements such as prolonged typing or swiping on phone.⁣ ▪ Avoid forceful exertions such as holding larger or heavy phone in one hand for long durations.⁣ ⁣ Rehabilitation is useful in treating the condition. Primary aim would be reducing the pain, which can be achieved by:⁣ 🔹 Mobility exercises for neck rotations and side bending⁣ 🔹Ice/Hot Packs 🔹Strengthening the weaker muscle group.⁣ 🔹Cervical core exercises such as chin tucks. ⁣ 🔹Myofascial release if triggers present. ⁣ ⁣ So don't forget how much pain your social media can give to you in literal terms! ⁣ ⁣ Tag someone who needs to read this! Ref: #daactarni

Deepta Kumar

Good article! Its applicable to me 😀

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